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Table 2 Fears of people living with RA reported in the analyzed articles

From: Fears and beliefs of people living with rheumatoid arthritis: a systematic literature review

Fears Articles
N (% of the 32 articles reporting fears) a
Total number of patients N (%) of studies recruiting participants in Europe in each category/ Number of patients recruited in Europe N (%) of studies recruiting participants in North America / Number of patients recruited in North America N (%) of studies recruiting participants outside Europe and North America / Number of patients recruited outside Europe and North America
Fears related to pharmacological therapy 16 (50.0) 1085 13 (81.3) / 867 (760 in UK, 101 in Netherlands, 6 in Sweden) 2 (12.5) /78 (60 in Canada, 18 USA) 1(6.2)/140 (140 in Egypt)
Fear of consequences of disease in the future and disability 9 (28.1) 1049 6 (66.7) / 707 (460 in UK, 199 in Greece, 48 in Sweden) 1 (11.1)/ 30 (30 in USA) 2 (22.2) /312 (101 in United Arab Emirates, 211 in Australia)
Fears related to pregnancy and parenting role 3 (9.4) 211 3 (100.0) / 211 (102 in UK, 25 in France, 84 in Netherlands)
Fear of falling 3 (9.4) 5172 1(33.3)/48 (48 in Sweden) 1 (33.3) / 128 (128 in USA) 1 (33.3) / 4996 (4996 in Japan)
Fear of exercise related injury/ fear of exercise increasing RA symptoms 3 (9.4) 4289 3 (100.0) / 4289 (4283 in Sweden, 6 in UK)
Fear to disturb other people 2 (6.3) 38 1 (50.0)/ 8 (8 in UK) 1 (50.0) / 30 (30 in USA)
Fear of infections 2 (6.3) 54 2(100.0)/ 54 (48 in Sweden, 6 in UK)
Fear of negative evaluation from other people due to appearance 1 (3.1) 89 1 (100.0)/89 (89 in UK)
  1. aSome articles reported more than one category of fears
  2. N number; UK United Kingdom, USA United States of America